Social media hub plan dropped

Supreme Court had raised the fear that it may create a surveillance state

A proposal to have hubs to monitor social media traffic and trends has been withdrawn, the Union government informed the Supreme Court on Friday. The decision comes after the court had questioned the proposal in a hearing on July 13, saying this may transform the country into a surveillance state.

The hearing was based on a petition filed by Trinamool Congress MLA Mohua Moitra, who had alleged that the government’s proposal for a “social media communication hub” was a “brazen attempt at mass surveillance”

Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, who is a member of the Bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had voiced the court’s apprehensions about the government’s plan, saying that this would pose a danger in a country where privacy was a fundamental right. The petition had said the aim of the hub was to “create a technology platform “to collect digital media chatter from all core social media platforms as well as digital platforms”. With the government having withdrawn its plan for the hubs, the court said the petition was infructuous and disposed it of.


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